Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV review)

agents-of-S.H.I.E.L.DIt was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch the Ilpremiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Here are a few quick first impressions.

This show has a lot of characters. Agent Coulson from the various Marvel comics movies seems to be the star of the show, although we also briefly saw Maria Hill, who had only appeared in The Avengers film up to this point. The team consists of classic archetypes: we’ve got the two nerds, this seasoned combat veteran of legend, the guy just coming into his prime, and the hot new rookie.  It was a mouthful for a first episode, but some of these characters might turn out to be interesting.

They certainly aren’t sparing the budget. So far, the visuals seem to be a cut above what you usually get on television. For the most part, I thought the writing was well done. I enjoyed the story, and overall, I liked the dialogue, but at times the jokes felt a bit silly and forced.

I might be a bit biased toward this show as there is a serious nerd factor at play here. For example, it seems that Agent Coulson is an LMD, or, life model decoy. I did think that this would be the solution that would allow Coulson to cheat death, but I thought it would be the LMD that died in the Avengers movie, but it appears that the real Coulson was the one that died there, which makes for a much more interesting television show. I’m sure this will be a plot point eventually and I can’t wait to see how they handle it. Oh, and there’s a cool flying S.H.I.E.L.D. car, just like in the comics! Flying car!

The commercials leading up to this premier didn’t get me too excited for the show, but I see a lot of promise in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sure, its only 1 episode, but I watched the pilot for Heroes and had no desire to go back whereas I find myself anticipating the second episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I can’t remember the last time a television show made me feel that way.

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Posted on September 24, 2013, in comic book reviews, tv review and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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